Thriving Canadian Farm Youth Group seeks new members

In a short time, the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council has provided valuable input on issues affecting the sector, such as sustainable agriculture, understanding the challenges of the urban-rural divide, and how best to attract young people in the sector, which is particularly important in times of labor shortages. The council’s recommendations also helped develop Canada’s new Agri-Communication initiative, which is designed to help consumers better understand how their food is produced, while enabling the sector to better understand consumer expectations.

The Youth Council meets regularly with Minister Bibeau, as well as representatives of the ministry, to discuss the issues that most concern young people working in the agricultural and agri-food sectors and to advise them on policies and programs related to agriculture.

Formed in July 2020, the Youth Council is a group of 25 non-partisan youth volunteers, chosen from over 800 nominations received, representing a diverse mix of sub-sectors from across the agriculture and agri-food sector, as well as from all provinces. and territory.

Young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30, working or studying in agriculture and the agri-food value chain, who want to shape the future of the sector, are encouraged to apply here. The application deadline is March 22, 2022.

The application process includes a series of questions about each candidate’s experience in the agriculture and agribusiness sector, a short essay on an important issue facing young people in the sector and how they propose to solve it.

The 18-month term of the second cohort begins in the summer of 2022 and will be made up of new and returning members. It is expected that up to 14 new members will replace approximately half of the current members and will be joined by a selection of members from the first cohort, to form Cohort 2 of the Council, with a maximum number of 25 members.

Those interested can learn more on the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council website.

To apply for membership in the second cohort, see the application form.

Canadian Agricultural Youth Council Co-Chair Jerry Bos certainly found it helpful to be part of the group.

“As Council Co-Chair and a farmer, I have seen the significant progress we have made during the first term of the Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. The future of the sector depends on a strong flow of ideas – in both directions – between young people and those who shape government policies and programs.

Jennifer C. Burleigh